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A tree commemorates the centenary of the International Red Cross.

It was on June 24th 1859 on the battle field of Solferino in Northern Italy that the idea of Red Cross was conceived by Henry Dunant, a Swiss citizen, who witnessed the battle which took place between the forces of France and Italy on the one hand and Austria on the other. He was so appalled and horrified at man's inhumanity to man that he dedicated his life to an ideal that there should be adequate medical care for the wounded and sick in battle and protection for those engaged in giving them care. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) operates in over 80 countries worldwide. The extensive network of missions and delegations of the ICRC can relieve Nations that are affected by armed conflicts and other sources of violence.


Address:Canterbury Road, Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury, 3126
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.823909
Long: 145.079182
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:24-June-1859
Actual Event End Date:24-June-1959


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 24th June, 1959
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Red Cross Centenary, 1859-1959.

Planted by Mrs W. Dimmick & Mrs A. R. George, Canterbury Branch, June 24th 1959

Source: VMR,RHSV
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